Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Brother's Keeper with Rose Chandler Johnson

I met Rose a little while back now, and have enjoyed her wise words of wisdom. When I asked her to be a guest on my blog and write a post on friendship to celebrate my upcoming release of Spiralling Out of Control and Spiralling Out of the Shadow in paperback, this is what she sent me - an excerpt from her book. I do hope you enjoy it.  

My Brother’s Keeper

And the Lord said unto Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?” And he said, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 (KJV)

            My youngest son has five older siblings, all of whom in one way or another take it upon themselves to look out for their brother. From the time he was born until now, their joy and love for him compel them to spend time with him and to contribute to his care. Being older, stronger, and wiser than he, they realize they can assist in his upbringing in countless ways. He reaps the benefits of their attention, guidance, and care.
Jesus called brethren all those who did the will of His father. As Christians, we follow His example. Those who are weak and needy among us need our attention and care. Like little brothers, they need stronger and wiser brothers and sisters to spend time with them and give them the love and encouragement they need to grow in faith. 
My friend Janet first spoke to me about Jesus Christ and His love in 1977. She has modelled that love through the years. The priceless gift of her friendship and Christian witness has strengthened me through good times and bad. I have been greatly blessed by my Christian sister.
We all need someone to take our hand and guide our steps at some time along the way—
 til we all come in the unity of the faith (Ephesians 4:13a).

About the book.... In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced
tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday
moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection
of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies
each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional
points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. Whether
purchased as a personal resource or given as a heartfelt gift, God, Me,
and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

Rose Chandler Johnson’s devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments was released in July 2013. Her devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from Burke County, Georgia and has lived in Martinez, GA for the last twenty-eight years. She has been a French and English teacher for the last twenty years. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Get to know Rose a little better here ...

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart.com, and through your local independent book stores.



  1. Sounds like a great book, very helpful. (Love the title, too.) It's so great when siblings look out for one another, whether blood siblings or spiritual siblings. :)

  2. Thank you Carol. I appreciate that. You are so right. I don't know where I'd be without my family and the Christian friends God has given me. I hope you'll read and enjoy the devotional. Blessings.


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